Well, you gotta give credit for Ted Kennedy Jr. His ego isn't as big as some of us think it is. Living up to the name of his father would have been tremendous.
Edward M. Kennedy Jr. announced today he would not run for US Senate in Massachusetts, removing a potentially formidable contender for the seat that will be left vacant if US Senator John F. Kerry is confirmed as secretary of state.
“Although I have a strong desire to serve in public office, I consider Connecticut to be my home, and I hope to have the honor to serve at another point in my future,” Kennedy said in a statement.
Kennedy lives in Connecticut but also owns a house at the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport. He is the son of the late Edward M. Kennedy, the liberal lion who represented Massachusetts in the Senate for nearly five decades.
Edward M. Kennedy Jr. decided against a run for three reasons, a source familiar with his decision said. He did not want to uproot his family; he did not feel right about moving from Connecticut to Massachusetts to run; and officials in Connecticut had urged him to stay and run there eventually.
The source said the 51-year-old Kennedy was in no way ruling out a future run for public office. In fact, he hopes to run for office in Connecticut someday, the source said.
Obviously it is a complicated issue with Ted Kennedy Jr. moving down to Massachusetts. On the other hand, Massachusetts law doesn't necessarily forbid those who become residents soon before election campaign season to run for office of the U.S. Senate:
Residence Requirements Signatures Required forStill, it appears there are concerns over Scott Brown potentially entering another U.S. Senate race:
Office Prior to Date of Election Nomination Papers
FOR FEDERAL OFFICE
United States Citizen for 9 years
Signatures Required: 10,000
(30 years old) inhabitant of Massachusetts when elected
U.S. Representative United States citizen for 7 years
Signatures Required: 2,000
(25 years old) inhabitant of Massachusetts when elected
Massachusetts Democrats are worried that Republican US Senator Scott Brown may have a good chance of winning the race.I don't see where the concern is coming from. Elizabeth Warren pretty much ass whooped Scott Brown in getting elected U.S. Senator in Massachusetts. Secondly, didn't Brown pretty much commit political career suicide when he criticized Elizabeth Warren for her heritage.
A little-known state senator from Wrentham, Brown won a stunning special election victory in 2010 to fill the seat left vacant by the 2009 death of Edward M. Kennedy. He failed to win reelection this fall, losing to Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren. Now he may be looking to try to win the state's other Senate seat.
If the above fact doesn't say volumes of who Scott Brown may in fact be, then perhaps voters who supported him in Massachusetts may be delusional. Who knows?